* Posts by Cavehomme2

139 posts • joined 30 Aug 2013

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LastPass now supports 2FA auth, completely undermines 2FA auth

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Re: Better alternatives...

Me too. In my opinion it's a serious risk to keep on using LastPass. Now using the really excellent Sticky Password (with local network sync option than cloud if you prefer). For the really sensitive stuff like banking using Keepass for the time being.

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Julian Assange wins at hide-and-seek game against Sweden

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Anonymous Coward?

OP - Anonymous Coward? More like Anonymous Bastard?

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Blighty's buying another 17 F-35s, confirms the American government

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Flying Duck

"Fighters are really redundant"

Well yes, the f-35 "Flying Duck" is quite redundant, considering that the Sukhoi can run rings around it.

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Sophos waters down 'NHS is totally protected' by us boast

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stripping out exe's from emails

It's not as simple as that unfortunately.

Businesses send pdfs and Office files which upon opening executes a macro which subsequently downloads the executable. Disabling exe files in attachements is not enough, and Outlook already does this by default anyway.

Many corporations use macros. All corporations use pdfs. Users cannot be fully trained to spot everything potentially suspicious since no work would get done, that's why good AV and additional products are essential. More companies switching to Linux would also avoid a lot of this, but not completely.

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Re: You've got to love the stock markets...

If they had the right anti-malware products then this would not have happened. Trust a vendor 100% if you want, but better to do your own homework and look at alternatives and ideally have a layered approach to security than a single AV product.

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Re: Ransomware is ...

...already easily stopped by software such as Sophos Intercept X which is based on their purchase last year of HitmanPro.alert.

Clearly they need to roll this out more widely, but then it also needs the tight-arsed beggars controlling the NHS purse to invest in better detection such as via this or similar products, or isolate at-risk networks from the internet completely.

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It's Russian hackers, FBI and Wikileaks wot won it – Hillary Clinton on her devastating election loss

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Re: Comey was required by Congress to inform Congress

10 upvotes from me

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We're 'heartbroken' we got caught selling your email records to Uber, says Unroll.me boss

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Re: Hilarious on all sides

Yes there are many naive users out there, but there are very many who DO know but do not care, because they want everything free, and I mean everything. They see the value of nothing, not even their ownp privacy. Freeloaders, freetards, call them whatever, but it's a virus that is going to destroy us. It's especially important to have high quaity, balanced news, and that needs to be paid for, but no-one wants to pay today.

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Wall St

"And lo and behold Wall Street has rewarded this strategy as the stock finally exceeded that turn of the millennium all time high last fall."

On the data I am looking at from Yahoo Finance, MSFT stock price exceeded it's .com peak already 3 years ago, not last fall, so the selling data via Win 10 theory does not stack up. The reason for their financial success has been their successful strategy to move people onto Office 365.

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Re: It is actually worse with Windows 10

Very easy to use the internet without Google tracking you, lots of privacy addons to choose from, and avoid Chrome. Easy.

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Boffins supercharge the 'hosts' file to save users plagued by DNS outages

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Missing the obvious solution?

Erm, why not simply use one of many DNS services out there, for the secondary DNS value in case of failure of the primary one? Even consider replacing the primary DNS this way too if you get many issues.

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Nokia plans comeback on back of virtual reality

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Pirate

Suicidal?

Do Nokia enjoy attempting to commit suicide? They failed against the giants Apple, and Google, and now they are pitching themselves against Facebook. I admire their positive attitude, but I do think it could be somewhat delusional and could finish them completely

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Why Firefox? Because not everybody is a web designer, silly

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Pale Moon

"So here's what I'm thinking: As MATE was to GNOME, it's time for a FIREFOX FORK!"

It's been here a few years already, it's called Pale Moon. Try it.

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Would you believe it? The Museum of Failure contains quite a few pieces of technology

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VHS

"Betamax quality wasn't actually that much better"

You cannot have been alive then because Betamax was massively better and survived until recently in Broadcast quality cameras.

Even better quality, at the time, was the V2000 format invented by, I think, Philipps, but apart from Grundig I don't anyone else took up the format since most video kit was produced in Japan at the time.

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Van Allen surprise: fewer nasty particles than NASA expected

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WTF?

"Houston...we have a problem"

Oops, didn't somebody forget to remind NASA that they've already allegedly sent a dozen humans to the moon and back without apparent ill health due to radiation?

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'Webroot made my PCs s*** the bed' – AV update borks biz machines hard

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Re: Webroot

"Ditched those pricks years ago."

Seriously, what bad experiences did you have with them to cause such an outburst?

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Re: Some people still use Anti Virus?

Yes some people use antivirus, especially with behavior blockers and / or whitelisting. Users are not all f'g experts and want to use their machines for actual work and not piss about in the engine room forever. We therefore give our money to the likes of Webroot who tend to normally do a pretty decent job of keeping us safe.

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Kaspersky fixing serious certificate slip

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Re: OK

"Malwarebytes 3.0"

You are joking aren't you? This version is full of horrendous bugs and detection rate from the independent MRG Effitas shows a jaw dropping 70. It's massively worse than just free Windows Defender on its own, nevermind the better paid-for software.

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Thanks, Obama: NSA to stream raw intelligence into FBI, DEA and pals

Cavehomme2

Re: Intelligence, intelligence, intelligence.....

Certainly Obama has not displayed much intelligence of his own during a pretty p1ss poor 8 years. Promised so much yet delivered so little, reminds me of the Freddy Mercury song "the Great Pretender". Thankfully the 1d10t is on his way out, but boy, what a vindictive attitude he has sneaking things like this in his final days.

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Microsoft still working to fix Outlook sync issues

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"Say no more"

Well I will say something: I actually like my Outlook.com account. A lot. I am personally not experiencing this sync issue. In fact since they migrated the service across from Hotmail / Live.com servers to the Office 365 framework then I've got better reliability and almost the same service and functions as my company OWA account, free of charge as well. In fact I'd be happy to pay for it, and it's better than the Gmail and Apps crap I've been using for ages for one of my other activities.

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Google enlists Microsoft VoIP partner to unseat Office 365+Skype

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Re: You're almost right

"Anyone who has used both O365 and Google apps for any length of time would recognise that Google apps are significantly better in just about every way"

ahem, not they wouldn't, I don't and millions others don't.

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Browsers nix add-on after Web of Trust is caught selling users' browsing histories

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As several others have already said, WoT is a very flawed concept, it's all in the ey of the beholder. Far better to use something such as McAfee web/site adviser which just checks for malware and risks, or else something like Netcraft.

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Microsoft Azure sets up shop in France

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Frecnh cars

I have a ten year old Citroen with 150,000 miles on the clock with zero breaksdowns and I reckon it may last another 5-10 years. You must be a Brexshitter.

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Sources! say! Twitter's! after! you! Yahoo!

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Re: Got to love those contracts

She's screwed up even more royally than her predecessors, yet she gets all that gold. Shocking. Capitalism is well and truly broken.

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BlackBerry axes 200 jobs – including a third of its HQ staff

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MS

"People who just want to "access Exchange remotely" will probably look towards Windows Phone, as they can be made to believe that a Microsoft phone might interact nicely with a Microsoft server"

And if they believe that it's fine, because it's actually true, the integration is far better than via Android in my personal experience. So much so that I've now switched to WP.

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Stylish Vaio biz mobe is flying this way – ah, it's got Windows 10 inside

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WP

Indeed flappy birds and a lot more are available. I recently swapped from Android to WP8.1 after several sync and call drop issues and I am pleasantly surprised by the WP experience, I don't know what Orlowski is smoking, a journo should be far more objective than that.

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Re: As a 950 XL user

It's going to be my next buy, dual SIM version.

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Avast forked up its Chrome fork, so flings fix after Google goggles

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Bitdefender Safepay?

Does anyone know if Bitdefender Safepay is similarly impacted or at risk of this issue? I always worried about these dedicated browsers after my bank used to warn me that the latest version of Chrome was not being used. I then discovered that typically these "secure" browsers are a version or several behind the official release and no doubt missing subsequent security patches. Lazy bastards.

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Germany drops probe into NSA's Merkel phone-hacking

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Speaking of affairs, they maybe discovered that Mutti is a lesbian mud-wrestler in her spare time so any investigation was dropped.

Whatever they actually found, it's clear there must be something embarrassing since Mutti is slavishly following the US Mothership orders to weaken the EU and stop doing business with those "nasty" Russians.

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31 nations sign data-sharing pact to tax multinationals

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Re: Too late

If you or the vendor transact via Paypal, even via credit card, well they are located in Singapore, but that in no way changes the vendors tax obligations. I think you may be confusing two separate issues.

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Microsoft’s Get Windows 10 nagware shows signs of sentience

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Well said. Flat Design is a massive blot on the GUI landscape, it's lazy, crap and inexcusable except perhaps on phones.

As for LibreOffice and it's predecessors. Not since the original StarOffice have any subsequent versions of this suite been true contenders to replace MS Office. It's not for lack of trying, I end up always reverting back to MS Office on the basis of functionality and ease of use.

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Boffins baffled by record-smashing supernova that shouldn't exist

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"Arthur C Clarke speculated that some supernovae could be the failed attempts by civilization to tap into the zero-point energy. We may never know if ASASSN-15lh was a natural event or just someone pressing the wrong button"

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Some supernovae may well be just the next civilisation ramping up the voltage on their CERN. Theoretical Physicists should be strictly supervised in the playground, not allowed to run amok ;)

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Trend Micro AV gave any website command-line access to Windows PCs

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Re: Pick your poison

Webroot. You won't look back. The past few years they've incorporated unique technology from Prevx and Threatfire. I have high confidence in their technical capability not to allow such vulnerabilities.

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UK NHS-backed health apps 'riddled with security flaws'

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Do users and businesses really care?

This is pretty shocking but not unsurprising news.

I've come to the conclusion that in this world where everything is shared on social media that particularly (non-tech professional) millenials really don't give a shit about their data, until they might be financially impacted.

Then, too many tech professional Millenials who build much of the stuff, well, some of them do give a toss about security but too many have attention deficits so major and adrenalin needs so high that they just skip from one project to another as fast as possible.

Then, other and older tech professionals who do know and do give a fuck are increasingly sidelined and replaced through outsourcery.

Then, outsourcerers tend to have major knowledge gaps or don't give a fuck.

Ultimately, most business leaders, now just focus on short term and the quarterly profits which give rise to all the problems above. It's a vicious circle for which and their financial backers are ultimately responsible for.

In other words: we're fucked.

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2015's horror PC market dropped nine per cent

Cavehomme2

Re: Down 10%

"The world has changed"

And it's going to change again. I just bought an HP laptop / tablet device and Lenovo and others make ^them but I have no idea if they are included in these stats or not. Anyway, hybrid devices that allow you to do real work as well as mobile and play are the future and MS with continuum have a very bright future IMHO.

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Microsoft offers pay-as-you-go data SIM for Windows 10 devices

Cavehomme2

Re: Meh

Even more stupid to let Google actually be your carrier and snoop on all your data, not just some.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook was paid more than $28,000 a day in 2015

Cavehomme2

Re: How depressing

It's not too depressing. What is more depressing is that Rooney is earning more then Cook!

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VPN users menaced by port forwarding blunder

Cavehomme2

Which VPN?

@ James 51

In answer to your question, I've tried most of the VPN offerings over the past two years since Snowden. I narrowed it down to using Private Tunnel and PureVPN. The one that fits the bill for you in terms of covering Linux, Windows, Android and Blackberry is PureVPN.

I don't know where they stand in relation to this potential vulnerability, I think it may be based on the OpenVPN client but I'm not 100% sure, but as a well established, multi-platform and good quality VPN provider you could choose a lot worse than PureVPN. If you have the need, it also allows you to choose various VPN protocols as well as the ability to even attach a VPN session to a specific application or browser which is a bonus for those that need it.

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So. Farewell then Betamax. We always liked you better than VHS anyway

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Re: Can we finally settle this?

Betamax was very significantly, and very visibly, better quality than VHS, not just in terms of some "obscure" tech specs sheets. In fact i was astonished that VHS took off, but apparently the porn industry then the rest of Hollycrap went for the cheap and cheerful standard....in contrast to today when everyone seems to push for higher quality standards.

But there was a standard which was even better quality for home use than Betamax, that was the V2000 format from Philips. One quality feature I recall vividly was that if you paused the tape on playback there was no jitter unlike the other two; VHS was by far the worst for this "feature". I think Philips used something called a "floating head" which essentially kept spinning and somehow kept the frozen image static....the tech details are way beyond me though.

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Flickering screens turn Microsoft Surface Books into Microsoft Surface paperweights

Cavehomme2

Superb piece of kit. Even iStuff suffers occasional glitches. Like anything, wait a month or six before buying a new hardware model or software version.

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Deutsche Telekom to file anti-Google EU antitrust charge – report

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Google has soured me on Android for the foreseeable future

Yep, and I'd never thought I would say it, but my next mobile purchase will be a Windows Phone, my first ever, and gladly so...and I never thought I'd say "gladly" and Windows Phone" in the same sentence, especially as I won't let Win 8 or 10 anywhere near my PC or laptop!

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Avast antivirus hole patched after public Project Zero slap

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Re: I wondered..

Avast slipped up a long time ago. I've been using them on and off since the 90's and since a few years ago when they were hijacked by a hedge fund and managed by a former Symantec suit they've most definitely plummeted. I stopped using them entirely about 18 months ago, they've become a dreadful product and company, it's a great pity but it's how it really is, unfortunately.

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Edward Snowden denies making a deal with the Russian secret service

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Re: Be accurate

"I'm sure I'll be down voted for this post..."

Too fucking right you MI# / GCHQ treacherous tosser.

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Outlook.com had classic security blunder in authentication engine

Cavehomme2

Re: Here's a question:

"You shouldn't be using GMail/Yahoo/whatever for business purposes"

As a consultant / contractor I've worked on so many projects with so many legal entities that I simplified my business life with combining all my email comms under a me@outlook.com account. It's secure and I have Office 365 and OneDrive all connected to it. Now, you are still operating as a dinosaur and not only do you apparently disapprove of me but also probably block me. Fuck Off and learn how to deal with the real world.

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Seagate layoffs SHOCKER: 1,000 heads to be laid under the axe

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Re: The days of wine and roses...

I can't recall exactly where I saw it, but there was some data published by a huge US based datacenter who use several manufacturers for their drives. The data showed hard drive failure rates, Seagate were by far the worst from my recollection. Hitachi were by far the best and I was actually looking for a drive at that time and my money went to Hitachi as a result.

I'm not saying that report was necessarily representative, but if it is, then perhaps Seagate's reliability is a reason as to why they are losing sales and needing to lose people.

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Mind-blowing secrets of NSA's security exploit stockpile revealed at last

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Re: <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KISS_principle">KISS </a> ...... MkUltraTS/SCI

That's the first thing you have written that I have actually understood. Now I am worried, is it because I am also going mental or that you are improving? ;)

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US mulls unprecedented Chinese sanctions in wake of hacks – report

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Re: Bad move

But the USA wants a unipolar world. They already largely control the 5 Eyes and EU and they want Russia and China to kneel before them as well. They're bringing Russia to its knees though a clever little coup in Kiev and subsequent sanctions, then they moved on to Hong Kong and failed there, so they went for screwing their stock market instead. Now sanctions on the pretext of stealing IP and the rest...which we know happens but the NSA and GCHQ take some beating in that department, never mind the sheer hypocrisy.

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